The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign

Benjamin Netanyahu’s stage performance about Iran seeking a nuclear weapon not only was based on old material, but evidence shows it was fabricated too, says Gareth Porter in this Consortium News exclusive report.

By Gareth Porter  Special to Consortium News

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim in his theatrical 20-minute presentation of an Israeli physical seizure of Iran’s “atomic archive” in Tehran would certainly have been the “great intelligence achievement” he boasted if it had actually happened. But the claim does not hold up under careful scrutiny, and his assertion that Israel now possesses a vast documentary record of a covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is certainly fraudulent.

Netanyahu’s tale of an Israeli intelligence raid right in Tehran that carted off 55,000 paper files and another 55,000 CDs from a “highly secret location” requires that we accept a proposition that is absurd on its face: that Iranian policymakers decided to store their most sensitive military secrets in a small tin-roofed hut with nothing to protect it from heat (thus almost certainly ensuring loss of data on CDs within a few years) and no sign of any security, based on the satellite image shown in the slide show. (As Steve Simon observed in The New York Times the door did not even appear to have a lock on it.)

The laughable explanation suggested by Israeli officials to The Daily Telegraph– that the Iranian government was afraid the files might be found by international inspectors if they remained at “major bases” — merely reveals the utter contempt that Netanyahu has for Western governments and news media. Even if Iran were pursuing nuclear weapons secretly, their files on the subject would be kept at the Ministry of Defense, not at military bases. And of course the alleged but wholly implausible move to an implausible new location came just as Netanyahu needed a dramatic new story to galvanize Trump to resist the European allies’ strong insistence on preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Act (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran.

In fact, there is no massive treasure trove of secret files about an Iran “Manhattan Project.” The shelves of black binders and CDs that Netanyahu revealed with such a dramatic flourish date back to 2003 (after which a U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) said Iran had abandoned any nuclear weapons program) and became nothing more than stage props like the cartoon bomb that Netanyahu used at the United Nations in 2012.

Disinformation Campaign

Netanyahu’s claim about how Israel acquired this “atomic archive” is only the latest manifestation of a long-term

Netanyahu’s cartoon bomb.

disinformation campaign that the Israeli government began to work on in 2002-03. The documents to which Netanyahu referred in the presentation were introduced to the news media and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) beginning in 2005 as coming originally from a secret Iranian nuclear weapons research program. For many years U.S. news media have accepted those documents as authentic. But despite the solid media united front behind that narrative, we now know with certainty that those earlier documents were fabrications and that they were created by Israel’s Mossad.

That evidence of fraud begins with the alleged origins of the entire collection of documents. Senior intelligence officials in the George W. Bush administration had told reporters that the documents came from “a stolen Iranian laptop computer”, as The New York Times reported in November 2005. The Times quoted unnamed intelligence officials as insisting that the documents had not come from an Iranian resistance group, which would cast serious doubt on their reliability.

But it turned that the assurances from those intelligence officials were part of an official dissimulation. The first reliable account of the documents’ path to the United States came only in 2013, when former senior German foreign office official Karsten Voigt, who retired from his long-time position as coordinator of German-North American cooperation, spoke with this writer on the record.

Voigt recalled how senior officials of the German foreign intelligence agency, the Bundesnachtendeinst or BND, had explained to him in November 2004 that they were familiar with the documents on the alleged Iran nuclear weapons program, because a sometime source—but not an actual intelligence agent—had provided them earlier that year. Furthermore, the BND officials explained that they had viewed the source as “doubtful,” he recalled, because the source had belonged to the Mujahideen-E Khalq, the armed Iranian opposition group that had fought Iran on behalf of Iraq during the eight year war.

BND officials were concerned that the Bush administration had begun citing those documents as evidence against Iran, because of their experience with “Curveball” – the Iraqi engineer in Germany who had told stories of Iraqi mobile bioweapons labs that had turned to be false. As a result of that meeting with BND officials, Voigt had given an interview to The Wall Street Journalin which he had contradicted the assurance of the unnamed U.S. intelligence officials to the Times and warned that the Bush administration should not base its policy on the documents it was beginning to cite as evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, because they had indeed come from “an Iranian dissident group.”

Using the MEK

The Bush administration’s desire to steer press coverage of the supposedly internal Iranian documents away from the MEK is understandable: the truth about the MEK role would immediately lead to Israel, because it was well known, that Israel’s intelligence agency Mossad had used the MEK to make public information that the Israelis did not want attributed to itself – including the precise location of Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility. As Israeli journalists Yossi Melman and Meir Javadanfar observed in their 2007 book on the Iran nuclear program, based on U.S., British and Israeli officials, “Information is ‘filtered’ to the IAEA via Iranian opposition groups, especially the National Resistance Council of Iran.”

Mossad used the MEK repeatedly in the 1990s and the early 2000’s to get the IAEA to inspect any site the Israelis suspected might possibly be nuclear-related, earning their Iranian clients a very poor reputation at the IAEA. No one familiar with the record of the MEK could have believed that it was capable of creating the detailed documents that were passed to the German government. That required an organization with the expertise in nuclear weapons and experience in fabricating documents – both of which Israel’s Mossad had in abundance.

El Baradei: Didn’t buy it.

Bush administration officials had highlighted a set of 18 schematic drawings of the Shahab-3 missile’s reentry vehicle or nosecone of the missile in each of which there was a round shape representing a nuclear weapon. Those drawings were described to foreign governments and the International Atomic Energy Agency as 18 different attempts to integrate a nuclear weapon into the Shahab-3.

Netanyahu gave the public its first glimpse of one of those drawings Monday when he pointed to it triumphantly as visually striking evidence of Iranian nuclear perfidy. But that schematic drawing had a fundamental flaw that proved that it and others in the set could not have been genuine: it showed the “dunce cap” shaped reentry vehicle design of the original Shahab-3 missile that had been tested from 1998 to 2000. That was the shape that intelligence analysts outside Iran had assumed in 2002 and 2003 Iran would continue to use in its ballistic missile.

New Nose Cone

It is now well established, however, that Iran had begun redesigning the Shahab-3 missile with a conical reentry vehicle or nosecone as early as 2000 and replaced it with a completely different design that had a “triconic” or “baby bottle” shape. It made it a missile with very different flight capabilities and was ultimately called the Ghadr-1. Michael Elleman, the world’s leading expert on Iranian ballistic missiles, documented the redesign of the missile in his path-breaking 2010 study of Iran’s missile program.

Iran kept its newly-designed missile with the baby bottle reentry vehicle secret from the outside world until its first test in mid-2004. Elleman concluded that Iran was deliberately misleading the rest of the world – and especially the Israelis, who represented the most immediate threat of attack on Iran – to believe that the old model was the missile of the future while already shifting its planning to the new design, which would bring all of Israel within reach for the first time.

The authors of the drawings that Netanyahu displayed on the screen were thus in the dark about the change in the Iranian design. The earliest date of a document on the redesign of the reentry vehicle in the collection obtained by U.S. intelligence was August 28, 2002 – about two years after the actual redesign had begun. That major error indicates unmistakably that the schematic drawings showing a nuclear weapon in a Shahab-3 reentry vehicle – what Netanyahu called “integrated warhead design” were fabrications.

Netanyahu’s slide show highlighted a series of alleged revelations that he said came from the newly acquired “atomic archive” concerning the so-called “Amad Plan” and the continuation of the activities of the Iranian who was said to have led that covert nuclear weapons project. But the single pages of Farsi language documents he flashed on the screen were also clearly from the same cache of documents that we now know came from the MEK-Israeli combination. Those documents were never authenticated, and IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei, who was skeptical of their authenticity, had insisted that without such authentication, he could not accuse Iran of having a nuclear weapons program.

More Fraud

Shahab 3: Secretly got a new nose cone.(Atta Kennare,Getty)

There are other indications of fraud in that collection of documents as well. A second element of the supposed covert arms program given the name “Amad Plan” was a “process flow chart” of a bench-scale system for converting uranium ore for enrichment. It had the code name “Project 5.13”, according to a briefing by the IAEA Deputy Director Olli Heinonen, and was part of a larger so-called “Project 5”, according to an official IAEA report. Another sub-project under that rubric was “Project 5.15”, which involved ore processing at the Gchine Mine.” Both sub-projects were said to be carried out by a consulting firm named Kimia Maadan.

But documents that Iran later provided to the IAEA proved that, in fact, “Project 5.15” did exist, but was a civilian project of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, not part of a covert nuclear weapons program, and that the decision had been made in August 1999 – two years before the beginning of the alleged “Amad Plan” was said to have begun.

The role of Kimia Maadan in both sub-projects explains why an ore processing project would be included in the supposed secret nuclear weapons program. One of the very few documents included in the cache that could actually be verified as authentic was a letter from Kimia Maadan on another subject, which suggests that the authors of the documents were building the collection around a few documents that could be authenticated.

Netanyahu also lingered over Iran’s denial that it had done any work on “MPI” or (“Multi-Point Initiation”) technology “in hemispheric geometry”. He asserted that “the files” showed Iran had done “extensive work” or “MPI” experiments. He did not elaborate on the point. But Israel did not discover the alleged evidence of such experiments in a tin-roofed shack in Tehran. The issue of whether Iran had done such experiments was a central issue in the IAEA’s inquiry after 2008. The agency described it in a September 2008 report, which purported to be about Iran’s “experimentation in connection with symmetrical initiation of a hemispherical high explosive charge suitable for an implosion type nuclear device.”

No Official Seals

The IAEA refused to reveal which member country had provided the document to the IAEA. But former Director-General ElBaradei revealed in his memoirs that Israel had passed a series of documents to the Agency in order to establish the case that Iran had continued its nuclear weapons experiments until “at least 2007.” ElBaradei was referring to convenient timing of the report’s appearance within a few months of the U.S. NIE of November 2007 concluding that Iran had ended its nuclear weapons-related research in 2003. And the “MPI” document fulfilled precisely that political function.

Netanyahu pointed to a series of documents on the screen as well a number of drawings, photographs and technical figures, and even a grainy old black and white film, as evidence of Iran’s nuclear weapons work. But absolutely nothing about them provides an evidentiary link to the Iranian government. As Tariq Rauf, who was head of the IAEA’s Verification and Security Policy Coordination Office from 2002 to 2012, noted in an e-mail, none of the pages of text on the screen show official seals or marks that would identify them as actual Iranian government documents. The purported Iranian documents given to the IAEA in 2005 similarly lacked such official markings, as an IAEA official conceded to me in 2008.

Netanyahu’s slide show revealed more than just his over-the-top style of persuasion on the subject of Iran. It provided further evidence that the claims that had successfully swayed the U.S. and Israeli allies to join in punishing Iran for having had a nuclear weapons program were based on fabricated documents that originated in the state that had the strongest motive to make that case – Israel.

Gareth Porter is an independent investigative journalist and historian on U.S. national security policy and the recipient of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism. His most recent book is Manufactured Crisis: the Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare, published in 2014.

50 comments for “The Latest Act in Israel’s Iran Nuclear Disinformation Campaign

  1. Abe
    May 6, 2018 at 20:50

    Newsweek published a 13 February 2018 article by fake “citizen investigative journalist” Eliot Higgins of the Atlantic Council’s Bellingcat disinformation site.

    Higgins’ Newsweek article titled, “What Is the Truth About the Chemical Attacks on Syrian Civilians?” condemns “denialists” and “fringe sites” that exercise any shred of basic journalistic skepticism (conspicuously absent from Bellingcat and Higgins’ “First Draft” coalition propaganda “partners” in the mainstream media).

    Higgins loudly moans that anyone not immediately buying the claims of the Al Qaeda-allied White Helmets in Syria (whose videos and claims Higgins and Bellingcat launder for mainstream media dissemination and public consumption) is:

    “promoting the idea that facts are no longer sacred; truth is a matter of opinion; official bodies set up to investigate these incidents are compromised; victims are performers; and rescuers are belligerents.

    “This is dangerous, Orwellian inversion of reality.”

    Newsweek, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and Higgins’ other “First Draft” propaganda outlets compete for status as the Bellingcat press office. Not a single one of Higgins’ media “partners” dares to question the “online investigations” churned out by Bellingcat.

    Higgins and Bellingcat “findings” are simply broadcast verbatim, and when that’s not sufficient, “First Draft” outlets publish informative li’l articles by Higgins and Kaszeta.

    Higgins’ 13 February article was a generous gift from Newsweek, apparently in apology for its temerity in publishing an 8 February 2018 piece mentioning the fact that “experienced chemical weapons experts and investigators such as Hans Blix, Scott Ritter, Gareth Porter and Theodore Postol have all cast doubt on ‘official’ American narratives”.

    Higgins immediately accused Newsweek of indulging in “trutherism”

    In a 9 February post on the Bellingcat blog, Higgins sidestepped the problem of chain of custody over physical samples from the Khan Shaykhun incident, dismissing concerns by journalist Gareth Porter and others as mere “chemical weapon truther claims that these results were from samples being tampered with in someway, without presenting any actual evidence it took place”.

    In the comments at the end of Higgins Bellingcat blog post, when a reader inconveniently mentioned Newsweek’s fawning 22 June 2015 feature article, “Meet Eliot Higgins, Putin’s MH17 Nemesis”, adoring Bellingcat fanboy Louis N. Proyect jumped up to Higgins’ aid.

  2. DJO
    May 6, 2018 at 07:33

    Israel was founded by Zionist terrorists on stolen land. It is now run by a racist, theocratic apartheid regime engaged in genocide, and it has never been an ally of the U.S. The Zionist terrorists who founded it were so grateful to Balfour that they bombed the King David Hotel. Israel funds, and foments Islamic terrorism, it has engaged in acts of terror, and espionage against the U.S.

  3. May 6, 2018 at 00:30

    Hitler said and carried out his plan and 70 MILLION people died. The Iranian

    Hitler said and carried out his plan resulting in the deaths of MILLIONS. The Iranian military announced the imminent distruction of Israel. Where there is a will there is a way!

  4. Gregory Kruse
    May 5, 2018 at 18:21

    Every actor in the US should make a statement in support of Natalie Portman, and every comedian should make a statement in support of Michelle Wolf. Also, Sarah Huckabee Sanders should resign, saying, “I’m just so tired of lying for these people”.

  5. HK
    May 5, 2018 at 08:39

    “Iran had abandoned any nuclear weapons program” So what were they planning to do with all those centrifuges?

    “Project 5.15” did exist, but was a civilian project of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran,” Does Porter really believe a distinction can be made here?

    • Martin
      May 5, 2018 at 12:29

      And you don’t? Think about it

    • May 6, 2018 at 14:44

      Enrich to 20% to make radioisotopes for medicinal use as has been proven time and again (through the most intrusive inspection regime in history, to which they voluntarily submitted themselves )and as is their right under the NPT. Even so they never even got close to 20% let alone the 90%+ that you need to make weapons grade fissile material.

  6. May 5, 2018 at 01:14

    Craig Murray:
    “Have I understood this properly? Israel, which possesses a massive stockpile of illegal nuclear weapons, is accusing Iran of possessing an illegal stockpile of documents?”

    • Skip Scott
      May 5, 2018 at 06:57


  7. nonsense factory
    May 4, 2018 at 18:41

    I tend to think that if the US pulls out of the Iran nuclear deal, then Europe will merely ignore the US and go on to do business with Iran, which will at the same time be in partnerships with China and Russia. If the US threatens to sanction all of Europe for trading with Iran? That’s hard to imagine as working out in the American Empire’s favor.

    This rather desperate attempt by Israel to influence the decision on Iran is likely not going to go anywhere; but if the US does pull out, it will only hurt the US, not Iran.

    • David
      May 4, 2018 at 18:50


      In short, all that the U.S. will accomplish is to shoot itself in the foot. Further proof that Israel is America’s number one geopolitical liability, an increasingly heavy millstone around its neck. Sooner or later, the U.S. will have to dump the so called “Jewish state.”

    • Realist
      May 5, 2018 at 04:50

      And yet Europe willingly delivers a bullet to its own head in order to appease Washington and “punish” Russia. That nearby Russian fossil fuel is going to look increasingly enticing to Europe once the earth is well past peak oil, and yet it will be contracted to China because of decisions made now. What has the US ever given up to accommodate Europe’s dysfunctional grievances? Hell, we won’t even take in a stray Syrian or two amongst the flood of refugees we’ve driven into Europe by the wars we’ve ginned up in the Middle East. (I’m not counting the European colony in the Middle East called Israel, to whom we’ve practically ceded our sovereignty.)

      • Martin
        May 5, 2018 at 12:31

        Illegal immigrants, not refugees.

        • Gregory Kruse
          May 5, 2018 at 18:17

          You are too weird.

    • Skip Scott
      May 5, 2018 at 07:03

      I suspect Europe would do business with Iran if they could, but Israel is gearing us up for a hot war with Iran. Doing business is tough when the missiles are flying and the bombs are falling. Our vassals are in deep doo-doo. I would love it if Putin would threaten nuclear retaliation on Iran’s behalf. It’s the only thing that may give the warmongers some pause.

  8. b.grand
    May 4, 2018 at 17:37

    The US has FROZEN FUNDING OF THE WHITE HELMETS. Is this good news? It’s Trump’s decision to cut “humanitarian aid” to Syria, not an acknowledgement that this fake civil defense propaganda front has been promoting US/NATO aggression against Syria.

    This move may circumvent any real investigation of White Helmets fraud, never mind the complicity of the corporate media or the covert US role. Some may be fooled into thinking this stoppage is a real victory. But this not is the time to rest.

    CALL the WHITE HOUSE to say STOP FUNDING THE WHITE HELMETS PERMANENTLY, and add that they should never have been funded in the first place.
    Speak to a volunteer, 9a-4pm, at WHITE HOUSE Comment Line – 202– 456-1111

  9. maryam
    May 4, 2018 at 16:21

    typo in an otherwise very informative article: the German BND should read ‘Bundesnachrichtendienst (instead of “Bundesnachtrendeinst” as spelled above). Perhaps we should also look more into some of the geopolitical forces at play: Iran is probably Israel’s strongest ally, albeit, admitteldy, a strange one, against Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. the real question is what are the real reasons for Israel’s villifying Iran so publicly and unbelievably? it’s more than intriguing to realise that trading Uranium, or weapons enriched HE, and of course including all the secret intelligence needed to do so, would provide incredible economic opportunities. what could be more profitable than secretly trading with one’s most powerful enemy? prolly follow the money, in order to get a clearer picture of the machinations behind it all.

    • Martin
      May 5, 2018 at 12:34

      To be fair that word looks like it’s a made-up word from cartoons and I don’t think I’d ever be able to say it out loud, so I’ll give him a slack :D

  10. May 4, 2018 at 15:08

    The world needs and demands peace!! Amen.

  11. Brewer
    May 4, 2018 at 14:44

    Mossad Chief: “Bibi, all those files we confiscated off Vanunu are taking up space in the basement. Can we dump ’em?”
    Netanyahu: “Deliver them to my office. You’ve given me an idea.”

  12. Robert
    May 4, 2018 at 14:09

    A recent article in Haaretz is pertinent to the discussion of Netanyahu’s archival “evidence” that Iran is lying and has and is violating the nuclear accord. His “revelation” is being used by many as conclusive evidence, similar to Iraqi WMD, to push Donald Trump to withdraw from the agreement and even bomb Iran. Others correctly point out that everyone knew that Iran was proceeding toward development of nuclear weapons, and that is why the international community pushed Iran to sign the agreement to stop it. Most groups opposing and supporting the agreement have largely assumed that Netanyahu’s opposition to the agreement is generally accepted in Israel, including by those representing the IDF, Mossad and other intelligence groups. Yet, Haaretz reveals that the IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot supports the nuclear deal because it is working, no violations of the agreement “can be seen at present” and it keeps Iran from getting nukes for another 10-15 years. Israel’s No. 1 mission for both IDF and intelligence agencies is keeping watch on developments in Iran. If Iran’s intentions change, “we will know”. The interview with Eisenkot, not limited only to nuclear weapons, addresses issues such as Iran’s missile program, prioritization of threats to Israel, and the relationship between the military and politicians.
    The importance of the interview on keeping the nuclear deal in place cannot be overemphasized. First, unless anyone wishes to discredit the IDF Chief of Staff, they can no longer deny that Iran is abiding by the agreement. Not only is this substantiated by IAEA inspectors continuously monitoring compliance, but now also by Israeli intelligence. There is no conceivable way the head of the IDF would be excluded from Israeli intelligence on Iran cheating on the deal. There has been critique that the agreement does not permit IAEA inspections of military bases. However, Mossad is probably the most effective intelligence organization in the world. If they could find and retrieve hidden archived nuclear documents from Iran, and if they could hack and destroy Iranian enrichment centrifuges, then they certainly are capable identifying if Iran is cheating on the agreement, even including Iranian military bases. They have found no Iranian violations of the agreement.
    Eisenkot did express concern about the Iranian missile development program, and this also has been one of Trump’s critiques of the nuclear deal. However, the nuclear deal is doing what everyone expected of it – stopping the development of nuclear weapons in Iran. The potential for a new Iranian deal on missile development would be zero unless it included all middle-east countries, and in particular, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Neither of these countries would even think of reducing their own non-nuclear arsenals in a deal which enhances Israeli or Middle East security.

    • rosemerry
      May 4, 2018 at 14:27

      The “explanation” of Netanhahu could only be prepared to convince Trump, who has no clue about nosecones or any other technical issue. Since Israel is the only nuke-producer plus belligerent in the region, and all the other nations would like a nuke-free zone, allowing the USA to have final say on the abandonment of a working international agreement on the basis of complete lies and ignorance, would be more than a tragedy.

    • Reynald D
      May 5, 2018 at 12:30

      The biggest violator is Israel …It is a real joke that Netanyahu is accusing Iran of what Israel DID in the 60’s: in 1958 Israel had an agreement with the French Government to build the Dimona nuclear plant for energy ONLY, by 1960 the French company (Saint Gobain if my memory is right) finished the work and as soon as they left, the Israeli government built 6 underground sub levels under the Dimona plant and started their nuclear weapon program secretly ,when JFK ,who knew that Israel was making nuclear weapons from CIA U2 (or other kind of observations) asked Israel to sign the NPT (Non Proliferation Treaty) and therefore get inspected by the IAEA they REFUSED (and still today) No other US president had the guts to request Israel to sign the NTP , Ironically IRAN DID sign the NPT and get inspected regularly by the IAEA . Israel today has more than 200 Nuclear weapons and has bacteriological weapons as well and the Zionist state is getting a free pass…as usual using the “Iran is about to get Nukes” diversion tactic for the past 15 years or more.
      Another FACT the United States is in violation of its own law regarding Israel because the SYMINGTON AMENDMENT (section 669 of the FAA foreign Assistance Act of 1961) BAN the US to give economic, military and export credits to countries that deliver or receive acquire or transfer nuclear enrichment technology when they do not comply with IAEA regulations and inspections AND IT IS EXACTLY THE SITUATION WITH ISRAEL so the Billions wasted in foreign aid to Israel (which goes right back to AIPAC and other Israeli “lobby” in the US to buy our spineless Congress) is in violation of the law.
      Israel should get absolutely NO foreign aid from the United States and when you consider the crime committed on the Palestinian people and the constant creation of new illegal settlements in violation of International law, the international community should give sanctions to Israel…and for good reasons.
      A fanatic Zionist and psychopath like Netanyahu is the biggest threat to world peace, he is using the U S as proxy force to destroy any Muslim country representing a possible challenge to Israel military superiority in the region, it has NOTHING to do with the “survival” of the Zionist State who has the fifth most powerful army in the world at our expense, according to unconfirmed rumor in US military intel Israel DID USE a B61-12 small nuclear missile in Syria last week
      click this link it shows the zionist plan for the Middle East ,an agenda set decades ago and followed to the letter by the US UK & Israel which could bring us WW3

      info on Israel nuclear attack on Syria


    • Rob Roy
      May 5, 2018 at 20:35

      You say: “Others correctly point out that everyone knew that Iran was proceeding toward development of nuclear weapons,…”
      Who are these “others” who are wrong on that point? How could “everyone” know something that isn’t true? Iran decided in 2003 to never make a nuclear weapon. The Ayatollah sent a Swiss diplomat to George W. Bush to tell him that. All Iran asked in return was to stop being called the Axis of Evil, to be allowed to trade with Europe and would the US please do something about the Palestinian situation. GWB chastised the diplomat and sent him packing. However, the Ayatollah still stopped all efforts towards a nuclear weapon and continued to use the smallest percent of uranium to create energy and medical isotopes.
      Personally, I’ve wished Iran had as many nuclear warheads as Israel just to prevent the inevitable attack from that rogue state. Iranians are good and decent people who’ve never attacked anyone, while Israel attacks anyone it chooses without any punishment from the world whatsoever. The IDF is the most trained, funded, brutal terrorist organization in the world.

      • Robert
        May 7, 2018 at 17:13

        Others – I was listening to an interview of one of the deal negotiators on CBC radio. He said it was well known.
        Also, from what I’ve read, the deal itself, involved dismantling and limiting the number of enrichment centrifuges, disposing of stores of highly enriched uranium, (if I recall, to Russia,), limiting the enrichment level permitted so that the U could not be used in nuclear weapons, and permanently shutting down a reactor capable of producing plutonium.

  13. Strngr - Tgthr
    May 4, 2018 at 12:33

    This is why Hillary and Obama never trusted Netanyahu:

    The Mossad just traipses into Iran and packs off all there TOP SECRET nuclear documents without a shot, discovery or incident.

    But Hillary and Obama needed Seal Team Six to get Bin Laden with helicopters down, tons of casualties and a huge
    international incident.

    Very strange…

    • b.grand
      May 4, 2018 at 13:23

      Misplaced adoration of lying warmongers Clinton and Obama ….. not charming.

    • mike k
      May 4, 2018 at 14:39

      Obama and Hillary did everything they could to kiss Netanyahoo’s butt.

    • Skip Scott
      May 5, 2018 at 07:10

      You can see Hillary’s distrust on display here:

  14. Roy
    May 4, 2018 at 11:50

    The paragraph on MPI confuses me.
    Should that be “…did not find…”?
    Or am I missing the point completely?

    • Gareth Porter
      May 5, 2018 at 21:57

      You are correct, of course, and I am guilty of hurried and ineffective checking on my own copy before sending it. It will be correct ASAP. Thanks for pointing it out.

  15. May 4, 2018 at 11:40

    Netanyahu as Houdini, whipping away a black cloth to reveal 55,000 documents and 55,000 CDs that had been spirited away by Israeli intelligence to appear on a stage without so much as an “Abracadabra!” A bit more “Hocus pocus, fish bones choke us…” to my way of thinking, with lots of emphasis on the “hocus pocus”.

  16. Robert Emmett
    May 4, 2018 at 11:28

    Hey, I think I saw that same bomb on a Felix the Cat cartoon. The trickster usually would slip it into someone else’s bag, then snicker when it went Ka-blooey! Maybe someone can get ol’ n’Yahoo for copyright infringement? Ha ha and phooey on his hooey.

    • Joe
      May 4, 2018 at 12:47

      Robert, yes, indeed. I am also reminded of Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner, and the hilarious Acme stuff.

    • rosemerry
      May 4, 2018 at 14:29

      Theresa May managed to get the Western world to believe a ridiculous nerve gas drama based on a TV program, so why not ?

  17. Christian Chuba
    May 4, 2018 at 10:43

    But but Pompeo said that he has authenticated the documents … “I have personally reviewed many of the Iranian files. … This analytical work will continue for many months. We assess that the documents we have reviewed are authentic”

    Are you saying that the former CIA director is capable of lying? I just love how everyone in the U.S. MSM now believes that the CIA wrote the Gospel of Luke. The lack of skepticism in the MSM is really quite disgusting.

    • Steve Naidamast
      May 4, 2018 at 14:45

      If Pompeo is cut from the same low-quality cloth that the rest of the Trump gang has come from, I would definitely not hold my breath over his assessments…

    • Martin
      May 5, 2018 at 12:38

      It’s not the lack of scepticism. They are throwing out stories which their funders tell them to.

    • Gareth Porter
      May 5, 2018 at 22:03

      Indeed it is a travesty for the former CIA director to claim that the Agency has authenticated a single document. The path that these documents have taken through the U.S. intelligence community starting in 2004 is strewn with lies to the public about them (beginning with the fiction that the came from an Iran laptop computer), and the CIA clearly never did any forensic tests. That’s why ElBaradei was insistent that they were unverified documents and privately was convinced they were fabrications by a Western intelligence agency.

  18. Dave
    May 4, 2018 at 08:58

    Standing up 27 times in disgusting obeyance tells you everything you need to know

  19. Brady
    May 4, 2018 at 08:37

    While I watched the prevarications netanyahoo spilled forth live on American tv, I couldn’t help feeling both disgust and dismay.
    Why is the prime minister of a helpless little state the size of NJ surrounded by the big bad Arabs trying to destroy it live on American tv? We don’t see the prime minister of Lichtenstein or Ireland given live address on American tv because those countries don’t own the MSM and Washingtons bought and paid for “elected officials “.
    As the perfidy continued, the trove of CDs with the secret nuclear information struck me as blatantly archaic and inappropriate.
    The MSM informs us repeatedly that Iran has committed cyber warfare on our allies and has nuclear technology and capability. But they store top secret nuclear information on CDs? They are so sophisticated technologically to commit cybercrime but cant store nuclear secrets digitally And encrypt it? Insulting!

  20. Joe
    May 4, 2018 at 07:43

    This was such a blatantly obvious attempt to scuttle JCPOA that is not even laughable anymore. The in-your-face hubris of this psychopath, and the no questions asked position of the United States is (again) serious cause for alarm. Alas, it will be risky business as usual, and the normal order of rubbish. Netanyahu can get away with this (don’t think for a second that he thinks it is serious either) because he will not be challenged. There is act after act, and article after article, but we march forward the same as always. Conflicts of aggression, no Congressional approval necessary, regime change, murder, sanctions are all now SOP, the routine order of the day. And there is nothing we can do, that is the sobering realization. They will continue to use weapons of mass distraction to occupy most minds, whilst they carry out their perfidious and nefarious agendas. The recent, shameless additions of Bolton and Pompeo should convince the most die hard hopeful that this (I hate to use the terminology) “draining of the swamp” was utter rubbish from the start. There was absolutely no intention of change, on the contrary, it may be worse than ever.

  21. KiwiAntz
    May 4, 2018 at 05:23

    In the immortal words of the late President Reagan, “There he goes again”? Bibi the bullcrap artist & his pathetic, paint by numbers, diagrams of doom, are a International laughingstock? Haven’t we seen this garbage before, at the U.N. when he egged the US on to invade Iraq with that fake drawing of a Iraq nuclear bomb & nuclear Programme? Netanyahu is a lunatic of a man who has no credibility & needs to go to a “bullcrappers anonymous” support group for counselling? This man is a conceited, cowardly & crooked liar who presides over that region’s true, Terrorist Nation called Israel! Now he’s at it again, trying to sucker Trump & the USA into invading & attacking another Middle East Country now it’s Iran! He knows he can’t do this on his own so much better to get the gullible Americans to cough up the blood & treasure & the billions of dollars to wage another War? And where is the International outrage over Israel possessing nuclear bomb’s supplied to them by the USA! Israel hypocritically wants to prevent others getting the bomb while possessing these weapons themselves! This demented little Nation of Israel & it’s rotten leaders, such as Netanyahu, are responsible for all the war & chaos in the Middle East region from Iraq, Syria, Libya, Lebanon, Gaza & now Iran & they need to be stopped?

  22. JWalters
    May 4, 2018 at 01:55

    My thanks for this detailed evisceration of Israel’s latest lies. I hope CN readers are posting links to CN articles at other sites, especially mainstream media sites, newspapers, TV shows, and radio. A study showed that topics that come up on 3 alternative sites about the same time get significantly more public attention. We especially need the consumers of mainstream news sites to learn about CN and other solid alternative sites, so they can discover how they are being duped.

  23. Andrew
    May 4, 2018 at 00:27

    Very good article and the false flag by Bibi, a infamous war criminal, comes right after the other false flags (Skripal, warming up anti-Russia sentiment; attacking “chemical depots”, crime of aggression against a sovereign nation and now warming up for the war against Iran).
    I have seen photos of the maimed faces of Gaza children and personally know a counselor from Lebanon and her brother treated such children. This was the result of real chemical weapon usage by Israel against Gaza civilians in Operation Cast Lead. Amazing how Israel gets away with every war crime they have committed from the start and then wonders how it is that they feel persecuted. Perhaps because they do unseemly, illegal and criminal deeds and display zero conscience while they co-instigate wars in the ME that have already killed hundreds of thousands? Come on Israeli people, stand up against your leaders! Show conscience, pay tribute to people like Hannah Arendt and respond with spirit instead of cheering on the hilltop while civilians get killed and maimed!

  24. Sally Snyder
    May 3, 2018 at 21:06

    Here is an article that looks at the main reason why Benjamin Netanyahu wants a war with Iran:

    Given his track record for inaccurately predicting the ability of Israel’s enemies to develop nuclear weapons, Washington would be unwise to be dragged into Bibi’s latest folly.

    • JWalters
      May 4, 2018 at 01:58

      Thanks for that link. A very good companion to this article, especially in its comparison of Israel’s current lies about Iran with its previous lies about Iraq, and the catastrophe that followed those lies. In a normal world it would be unbelievable how feeble the MSM is on this story.

    • Al Pinto
      May 4, 2018 at 08:21

      The timing of the events tells you everything that you’d need to know. First, a meeting between bibi and pompeo and the very next day, here comes bibi’s slide show. And that’s just the publicly available information, we don’t know how the scam had been prepared prior to the meeting.

      Quote from the referenced link:

      “I’m guessing that reality is not part of Washington’s narrative when it comes to Iran and Israel, it’s worst and best friends in the Middle East and that we will be dragged into Bibi’s folly.”

      I don’t believe that the US will be dragged in to this, it is already in neck deep. I’d be surprised, if Trump do not cancel the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Act (JCPOA) next week and from there on, you pick a date when Iran will look a lot like Iraq….

      PS: Thanks for the link…

    • rosemerry
      May 4, 2018 at 14:36

      I agree with the other commenters-thanks for the link. To be able to string together such gross lies is a contest between Netanyahu and Pompeo- militant Islam in Iran, (but not Saudi Arabia, I suppose).

  25. mike k
    May 3, 2018 at 20:13

    Netanyahoo is incapable of opening his mouth without lying. This evil man and the criminal state he represents need to simply disappear. To think anything good will ever come out of Israel is to be profoundly deluded.

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